Don't assume Cowboys are peddling Barber

Posted April 08, 2010 @ 2:44 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The lack of workhorse-type backs in the draft makes a player such as RB Marion Barber an intriguing target for a team looking to swing a deal and land a power runner. The problem? Barber is set to earn almost $8 million this season, including a hefty roster bonus, and has in the neighborhood of $24 million remaining on his deal that runs through the 2014 season. But there are several reasons why a trade doesn't make sense for the Cowboys, even if Felix Jones becomes the starter and Tashard Choice sees more time. One is the money, even in an uncapped season. Barber is not a 1,000-yard rusher and has been battered by a heavy workload and his punishing running style. No team is likely to pay much of a price for that. Barber was drafted in the fourth round and likely wouldn't net more than a fourth-rounder in return. Another factor is that the Cowboys really don't have a third back on the roster, so trading Barber would force the team to take another back. Although a deal is not likely for these reasons, the Cowboys still could decide they want to move on and take what they can get.


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